The province has unveiled a new website designed to help teens in foster care prepare to prepare for life without government support when they turn 19 and “age out” of care.
The site agedout.com was designed by former foster teens to connect with vulnerable youth and showcases services and supports to help make the transition.
It includes videos of former youth in care discussing real world challenges and gaming “quests” where youth earn rewards by completing challenges like renting an apartment, getting a bank account, preparing for a job interview or dealing with an abusive relationship.
“‘How do I get a job?’ ‘Where am I going to live?’ These are the types of questions we all faced when we became adults,” Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux said. “But for those in the care in the ministry, the transition can be much more challenging.”
About 700 young people age out of government care each year.